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80 arrested in Denmark

2012-04-01 08:29

Aarhuis - More than 80 people were arrested on Saturday as protesters hurling rocks and bottles tried to interrupt an anti-Islamic demonstration by far-right groups from across northern Europe, Danish police said.

There were numerous brief scuffles throughout the day as police tried to separate some 2 500 counter-demonstrators from a few hundred people attending the anti-Islamic rally in Aarhus, Denmark's second-largest city. One police officer received minor injuries after being hit by a bottle, police spokesperson Georg Husted said.

Police said about 200 to 300 people from Denmark, Britain, Germany, Sweden and Poland took part in what was billed as a "European counter-jihad meeting" to protest what they called the Islamisation of Europe. They were met by a 10-times larger counter-demonstration by left-wing groups under the banner "Aarhus for Diversity."

The anti-Islamic rally started with a moment of silence for the seven people killed by an al-Qaeda-inspired gunman in France.

Among the speakers was Tommy Robinson, the head of the English Defence League, a far-right group that has staged rowdy protests in Britain, and has inspired smaller offshoots in a number of European countries.

Both demonstrations were peaceful until a group of black-clad, mask-wearing youth from the counter-demonstration tried to break through police lines, but officers in riot gear held them back.

After the rally finished, protesters hurled rocks and bottles at a bus carrying the far-right sympathisers as police vans escorted it out of the city centre.

The defence leagues and other counter-jihadist groups that have sprung up in Europe in recent years distance themselves from neo-Nazis and say they don't accept racism or anti-Semitism. Opponents say they are just a new manifestation of xenophobia in Europe, targeting Muslims instead of Jews.

Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian gunman who confessed to slaughtering 77 people last July, cited the English Defence League and other counter-jihadist groups in the anti-Muslim manifesto he released before the killing spree. Those groups have condemned his actions and dismissed him as a lunatic.

Mari Linolkken travelled from Norway to join the counter-demonstration in Aarhus, 200km northwest of Copenhagen, saying she felt compelled to stand up against the far-right movement after what her own country had gone through with Breivik's attacks.

"The English Defence League, Danish Defence League, the Stop Islamisation of Europe - we have experienced what their ideology means in practice," she said.

Comments
  • Avenging - 2012-04-01 10:32

    When races are forced to live together by the liberal idealist the result is always war. The liberal mindset is based on a weak ideology that all people are the same. It is a weak mind that believes lies like this, even small children can recognize the difference between skin colours. There is a willful blindness in the liberal democrat, so much so that it has already brought the whole world to a cataclysmic point in history, that being a nuclear holocaust that is threatening the whole global population. World war one was a trench war due to the weapons technology available at that point in history, world war two was an aerial war due to the advancement of aeronautical technologies. This third world war which is reaching the end of it's it's pre-global stage will be nuclear for obvious reasons. The enemy of all races is the liberal, a selfish, racist sort who aggressively forces delusional lies on the whole world's population. It's a good thing that in the last few decades these filthy dreamers have been the loudest voices placing themselves in the limelight at every opportunity, they have made themselves easily recognizable to the level headed conservative who values his own culture and history. The liberal has become loudly outspoken in social public circles, hysterically shouting down any who are in opposition to their highly flawed religion. These will be the targets of their own race groups, traitors must be executed at the soonest possible opportunity.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-04-01 10:34

      Um, it's not skin colour that is the problem, it's simply different social norms. These divide along class and religious lines, not colour.

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-04-01 10:33

    Do you see where religion gets you? Down with religion!

      Avenging - 2012-04-01 10:54

      Religion is a set of principles and morals or ethics that all humans live and guide their lives according to, no matter their racial standing. Even the staunchest atheist is religious, atheism is that person's chosen religion. The atheist will vehemently defend his/her ideology, even turning to violent aggression if necessary. All humans are religious in nature, that is what separates humans from instinctive animals.

      Morgaen - 2012-04-01 11:24

      Down with your idiotic comments, Moron

      Fred - 2012-04-01 11:33

      Avenging, there's a distinct difference between religion and true spirituality, regretably.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-04-01 12:07

      Avenging, Atheism is not a religion, please don't try and set your framework to fit others. I would hardly call religious morals something to live by either... let's start with the stonings from the old testamant and work our way through to Sharia law. You can take your invisible men in the sky thank you. Religion divides, spirituality, for what it's worth, unites.

      Avenging - 2012-04-01 12:13

      Fred, religion and spirituality are inseparable. True religion though, is influenced by a spirit of truth that clearly shows what is light or darkness, that is truth or error. Denial of truth because of fear shows a blindness in the deepest recess of human understanding.

      Avenging - 2012-04-01 12:25

      goyougoodthing, 'Religion divides, spirituality, for what it's worth, unites.' There is a flaw in your reasoning, religion and spirituality have the combined effect of uniting and dividing at the same time. People in agreement are united by common ideologies while those who disagree are divided by opposing ideologies. Atheistic ideologies unites atheists but divides between atheist and christian/atheist and muslim, etc. Atheistic morals/ethics/etc. are used to spiritually stone those who do not agree, eventually manifesting itself as physical aggression. War exists because man exists.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-04-01 12:46

      Avenging you are using your framework of spirituality, not the spiritualists. Love, lack of fear and acceptance are the fundamentals of spirituality, enlightenment if you will. Non-judgement and acceptance. Religion divides along accepted norms, spirituality does not. Personally, I learned more about myself in one weekend from New Ager's than I ever learned from the fire and brimstone of the various books of spells. Religion is a disease of fear used to enslave and manipulate and divide. I have a moral compass and I don't need a threat of eternal hell to be decent.

      Avenging - 2012-04-01 13:34

      goyougoodthing, love is not an emotion, it is truth. Love removes fear. If a child is afraid of a monster in the dark, you turn on the light and show them that there is no such thing, thereby freeing them from the enslavement that their undeveloped understanding of their environment has brought on them through the manipulation of their imagination. Ignorance brings you to conclude that the Bible is a collection of books of spells. The Bibles effect has the exact opposite effect of what you accuse it of doing, that is "Religion is a disease of fear used to enslave and manipulate and divide." The truth is that it is man who has used it's power to control the masses for millenia by perverting and twisting what is contained in it's pages. As far as judgement is concerned, there is not a human alive or dead who has not judged another. It is how a person judges, who a person believes true judgemental authority belongs to that counts. If you believe that highest authority in judgement lies with your parents, then you will base your judgements on those parameters that you were taught, there is no escaping it. Hypocrisy is what makes a person filthy.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-04-01 13:54

      Avenging, weird name for a religious guy, but anyway. I never said love is an emotion, in fact you are quite correct, love is the absence of fear. Fear is alive and well and living within the book of spells, hell, damnation, a jealous, all loving, schitzophrenic god, judgement, tribulation and all that is pretty fearful stuff. "Love me or suffer' is a pretty compelling argument for doing what the priest tells you. Religion is nonsense, complete and utter twaddle used for both the enslavement of the stupid and the reassurance of the fragile ego that we are significant. Whether something created this 'reality' or not is something else entirely.

  • Morgaen - 2012-04-01 11:25

    The War has begun...flush the scum back to their sh#tholes from which they crawled out of like cockroaches.

      Fred - 2012-04-01 11:31

      Do you not see that your thoughts, feelings, desires and intentions are In fact the scum you abhor?

      goyougoodthing - 2012-04-01 12:08

      Morgaen, if this tolerance is what your religion teaches you, then you are welcome to it. See how your religion causes hate.

  • Red - 2012-04-01 14:09

    goyougoodthing, I know a couple of your sort! Always screaming their hatred at God and religion, but the most ironic thing is that they were probably the most staunch and enthusiastic Christmas keepers, there hypocrisy was so much that it stank. Do you keep Christmas?

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